The Joy of Life is hiding in plain sight
Building on last Friday’s message, (if you missed it, please go back and read it) I can’t emphasize enough that “living in the present moment” will lead to peace and joy and getting into the natural “flow” of life. If only it were easy. It’s not. In fact it’s tough. If you’ve ever tried practicing mindfulness, or meditation, yoga, tai chi, or some form of martial arts, you know what I mean. It’s hard to keep the mind from drifting and distraction even longer than a few seconds. This is because our minds are undisciplined, and these practices above are designed to give you mental strength and the ability to bring yourself to the present.
Eckhart Tolle in the Power of Now says, “Many people live with a tormentor in their head that continuously attacks and punishes them and drains them of vital energy. It is the cause of untold misery and unhappiness, as well as of disease. The good news is that you can free yourself from your mind. This is the only true liberation. You can take the first step right now. Start listening to the voice in your head as often as you can. Pay particular attention to any repetitive thought patterns, those old gramophone records that have been playing in your head perhaps for many years. This is what I mean by ‘watching the thinker,’ which is another way of saying: listen to the voice in your head, be there as the witnessing presence.”
One of the key first steps to entering the Power of Now is to be able to get outside of the tremendous force of an undisciplined mind.
As Eckhart says: “When you listen to that voice, listen to it impartially. That is to say, do not judge. Do not judge or condemn what you hear, for doing so would mean that the same voice has come in again through the back door. You’ll soon realize: there is the voice, and here I am listening to it, watching it. This I am realization, this sense of your own presence, is not a thought. It arises from beyond the mind.”
Do your own research on the techniques mentioned above and find one that appeals to you, and consider giving it a try. Not to do so will condemn you living the rest of your life in the misery of the past or worry of the future, all the while missing the joy that is right under your nose in the present, always available to you just waiting to be discovered with a little effort.